Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer Reading Support for Oklahoma

Author friends… Many of you have donated to the Red Cross and/or donated signed books for our KidLitCares for Oklahoma donation drive, so first of all…thanks!  Some of you also wanted to know about sending books to Oklahoma to help libraries and schools affectd by the recent EF5 tornado. Here’s an update on that. Aerial […]

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Let’s help… KidLitCares for Oklahoma

Yesterday, while I was talking about books and writing with an amazing group of 4th and 5th graders in Western New York, another group of elementary school students took shelter in their school, clinging to walls, huddling in the protective arms of their teachers as a tornado swept through their city. Later on, I saw […]

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Thank you: An Open Letter to Sharon Creech

Dear Ms. Creech, This is a thank you note mixed with a confession. Read on, and you’ll understand. First, I have to say that I loved your talk at the New England SCBWI Conference and was thrilled to finally meet you in person. So thank you for that. But that’s only part of the thank […]

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Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference 2013

Last Friday, I was lucky enough to be one of the two keynote speakers for Vermont’s annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference, a full day celebration of books and reading.  When this invitation landed in my email a while back, I have to admit that I did a little happy-dance. First, because Vermont teachers and librarians […]

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Busy-Day Crockpot Turkey Stew, especially for writers & teachers

I’m not a big recipe-sharing person online, but today is one of those days…  In a little while, I’m giving a Skype historical fiction writing workshop for a school in Vermont, and later I have a virtual author visit with 2nd graders in Ohio. I’m on deadline for a new book that I’ll be working […]

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Thank you, New England SCBWI Friends!

I spent this weekend at the New England SCBWI Conference, which is always an amazing opportunity to talk writing and learn about craft as well as a chance to see so many friends. This was the first regional SCBWI Conference I attended back in 2007, and I so remember working up the courage to say […]

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